Ristinpelto is a small-scale cemetery, used at the end of the Iron Age and the early Middle Ages. The remains of a building, possibly a chapel or a belfry, have been found at the centre of the area. Ristinpelto – the Field of the Cross – is named after the large wooden cross erected on-site and repeatedly renewed throughout the ages.
Ristinpelto, a cemetery from the early Christian era
Location: Southern Finland, Southwest Finland, Lieto (www.lieto.fi)
Address: Sauvolantie 26, Lieto
Visit: Ristinpelto cemetery is open to visitors free of charge all year round. The site is not staffed and there is no winter maintenance.
Instructions and rules: The Ristinpelto is a fixed relic site, which may not be excavated, covered or damage in any way under the Antiquities Act (www.nba.fi). Campfires are also prohibited.
Sights and activities: Ristinpelto is situated on a sandy hillock close to the River Aurajoki. The small (35 x 25 m) cemetery is surrounded by a low stone wall on three sides. The large wooden cross in the middle of the area bears a bronze plaque with the text "In memory of the deceased laid to rest here at the dawn of Christianity." Read more.
Services: Information board
Suitability: An easy destination for the whole family. Not suitable for the disabled.
The address of this page www.nationalparks.fi/ristinpelto
The site is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, tel. +358 40 163 6200, info(at)haltia.com
Metsähallitus must be notified of any events organised at the site. Instructions and form (www.metsa.fi)
Research and other activities not covered by Everyman's rights require the permission of the landowner (instructions and form, www.metsa.fi).